Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meditation on the Unborn Lord

5.6 Renunciation is difficult to attain without the disciplinary-action of yoking with the Unborn Lord. Yet by the practice of this yogic-discipline the muni shall quickly reach Divine Union. 5.7 One who is purely spiritual-minded, who is perpetually yoked in … Continue reading

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Return of the Unborn Gita

After a long hiatus we will now resume our study and version of the Bhagavad Gita in Light of the Unborn. When will this series be completed? Unknown. The Gita is epic in scope and we will continue now at … Continue reading

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Chinul on Pure Land

Chinul found the Pure Land practice of his time to be embraceable, provided that it was based upon one’s “own Buddha-mind”. Chinul followed Sŏn Master Yen-shou’s admonition, “If the mind is known, then one is born in the mind-only pure … Continue reading

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Hwadu

Chinul’s last “great awakening” occurred at Sangmuju am, near the top of the Mount Chiri—here, [suddenly] he was taken by reading Ta-hui Tsung-kao’s rendering of the hua-t’ou (K. hwadu) method: I went to live on Mount Chiri and found [a … Continue reading

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Universal Brightness

Universal Brightness Chinul’s “second-awakening” involved his fusion with Hwaŏm (Hua-yen Buddhism): I had always had doubts about the approach to entering into awakening in the Hwaŏm teachings: what, finally, did it involve? Accordingly, I decided to question a [Hwaŏm] lecturer. He replied, … Continue reading

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Samādhi and Prajñā

The key to Chinul’s variety of Sŏn Buddhism revolves around three distinct styles of practice that was directly influenced through “three enlightenment experiences.” Firstly, there is the balanced equation of samādhi and prajñā–all derived from a transformative experience involving the … Continue reading

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